Bill on licensing requirements for electric gun sellers mulled

Bill on licensing requirements for electric gun sellers mulled

The Maui County Council is considering a bill to establish licensing requirements for sellers of electric guns, while a federal lawsuit challenges the delay in licensing and additional requirements proposed for sellers. A state law that took effect Jan. 1 legalized sales of electric guns such as Tasers and stun guns. By not taking steps to implement the law, the county and council “have perpetuated a complete ban on the sale, ownership and possession of electric arms,” according to the lawsuit filed March 30 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. It was filed by Maui Ammo and Gun Supply, the business name for Mags Management Inc., a Nevada corporation registered in Hawaii with a location in Wailuku; the Hawaii Firearms Coalition of people who support the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms; and Wailuku resident Christy Gusman, who wants to buy a Taser. The lawsuit was filed about two weeks after the bill was discussed at a March 14 meeting of the Council Human Concerns and Parks Committee. Deputy Corporation Counsel Keola Whittaker said the state law “has very specific regulations” that apply to buyers of electric guns but allows the counties to impose additional requirements on electric gun dealers as part of regulating the sales. “You can increase regulation on sellers but not buyers,” he told committee members. The state law prohibits ownership or possession of electric guns by fugitives or people who have been convicted of a felony, crime of violence or illegal drug sale. […]

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